I know, I know. It’s been a while. It has been far too long since I have sat down with a cuppa to write. I have been deep in the Australian outback for the last seven months and to be honest, I got myself a bit wrapped up in the day to day life that I have completely forgotten about my little old blog. So hello again, or hello for the first time. Welcome to my little update post.
It’s been a weird but amazing time here in the outback so far! Orginally, I was only meant to be here for two months. Just to save up some cash for my future travels. Two months went by and I realised I wasn’t ready to leave. I mean, the job itself is pretty basic, I clean motel rooms and occasionally look after the place when the owners are away. But there is something about this little outback town, this life, that just fits. Maybe it’s the pace, or it’s the people, or it’s the landscape. Whatever it is, I’m not sick of it yet.
Can’t get Enough
Getting my second year visa granted was a beautiful surprise. Knowing that my year was coming to end was giving me the kick I needed to plan my next move. I had the next 5 months mapped out, hopping all over South East Asia. That clearly didn’t happen, which is absolutely fine as I really have plenty of time to see the world. An extended stop in the bush won’t derail things too much. When my second visa was granted it was like a weight was lifted. Knowing that I could stay put here in the outback for a little while longer was an amazing feeling.
However, I do feel like I’m wasting time a bit. It took me so long to finally pluck up the courage to leave and start my travels. Not even a year later, I had set up camp somewhere new. With still so many places I want to see, I need to keep reminding myself that I’m only 27. There is an abundance of time to travel. There is nothing wrong with building a little base for myself in the meantime.
A New Forever Home?
How long will I stay here in the outback? Who knows. The converation with my bosses at the moment is that they would like to sponser me. That would be incredible, and would also mean that I would be here for at least another three years! Now, being the massive commitment-phobe that I am, the thought of agreeing to stick around anywhere for three years, let alone a tiny outback town, terrifys me! But not more than it excites me! I think it would be a really cool challenge to build a new little life for myself. In a place where I am the outsider and need to put in the effort to integrate myself into the community.
I feel in myself that I am happy and settled here. I am more and more confident talking to strangers, even though most of them cannot understand a word I’m saying. Still I make the effort. It’s all still a bit up in the air at the moment so I’m not too sure what will happen. Either I will get sponsered and get to stay for a few years, or I won’t and I’ll have to leave in May. I will need to reign in my expectations and not get my hopes up too much. Who knows which way it will go.
So there you have it. I’m back at the blogging game and I’m going to (try to) hit the ground running. New blog posts as frequently as I can manage. Women Who Wander will be making a comeback, so if you want to contribute shoot me an email. Time to rejoin the digital land of travellers.